NewsLocal News / January 21, 2014

Officials Confirm One Dead In Purdue Campus Shooting

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Officials Confirm One Dead In Purdue Campus Shooting

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

Purdue University has canceled classes through Wednesday, and is offering counseling services in the wake of Tuesday's fatal shooting on campus.

The university says counselors will be available to talk with students, faculty and staff from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, at several locations throughout the West Lafayette campus. Counseling is also available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the Dean of Students Office and Purdue Student Health Center's counseling and psychological services. 

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday  between Hovde Hall and the Engineering Fountain.

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

Purdue University Police Chief John Cox has confirmed that one person is dead following a shooting in the school's electrical engineering building this afternoon.

Officials say the victim was a teaching assistant who was in a labratory classroom. The suspsect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, and police say he is not coopoerating with the investigtion. The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released.

Police lifted the "shelter in place" directive around 1:15 p.m., about an hour after the shooting. Classes have resumed on campus, but the electrical engineering building remains closed as the investigation continues.

 

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A shooting was reported around 12 p.m.  in Purdue University's electrical engineering building, 465 Northwestern Ave. 

The university posted this information on its website as part of its emergency protocol:

"A shooting has been reported in the electrical engineering building on Tuesday (Jan. 21) at Purdue University. One person is in custody. Police have cleared the building and are continuing to search the area, and people should remain sheltered in place until further notice."

The Exponent, Purdue's student newspaper, had this account from a student who was in the building at the time of the incident:  

"Erica Ambrose, a senior in the School of Agriculture, was in class in the Electrical Engineering building during the alleged shooting.

'We heard shouting downstairs and it sounded like people were running through the hallways, just yelling at each other,' said Ambrose

'We heard the sirens and we looked out the window to see they had somebody in handcuffs,' said Ambrose. 'Then, the fire alarms went on to evacuate, so we came outside. When we got out, that's when we got the text to avoid the area.'

'We didn't actually hear the gunshot. We just heard yelling.'

This story will be updated as more information becomes available..